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Chinese, US aircraft carriers sailed through Taiwan Strait

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TAIPEI: Chinese and US warships sailed through the flashpoint Taiwan Strait on Friday, Taipei and Washington’s defence ministries stated.

The waterway — which separates China from self-ruled, democratic Taiwan — is a flashpoint for the world’s navies. China regards Taiwan as its territory and has vowed repeatedly to grab it sooner or later, by power if mandatory. Meanwhile Washington, Taipei’s most necessary ally, says the strait is a global waterway.

In a brief assertion despatched to AFP by way of textual content message, Taiwan’s defence ministry confirmed the passage of China’s Shandong aircraft service on Friday. “(We) emphasise that we are aware and monitoring all Chinese PLA aircrafts and ships operating in surrounding areas of Taiwan Strait,” the assertion learn.

The US Department of Defense later advised AFP by e mail that “one of our destroyers” sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday. In December 2019, weeks earlier than Taiwanese voters went to the polls, the Shandong additionally had a sail-by.

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